A bimonthly publication of AQU Catalunya


September 2010

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The VSMA Framework: the common thread in the life cycle of recognised degrees

In a recent editorial, I referred to using a magic wand to talk about university rankings, and I’d like to wave it again today to talk about the ex-ante assessment, monitoring, modification and accreditation of recognised degrees... the thing is, I can’t find my wand so I’ll have to make do without any tall stories! The same day (2 July) that we were presenting the VSMA Framework for the ex-ante assessment, monitoring, modification and accreditation of recognised degrees to the AQU Board of Management saw the publication of Royal Decree 861/2010, which amended Royal Decree 1393/2007 and devolves upon AQU Catalunya (together with the other agencies that also form part of ENQA and the EQAR) the capacity of degree programme review, a capacity that was previously exercised prior to Royal Decree 1393/2007.





  • Monitoring the quality of university studies: a relationship of trust

    Flor Sánchez Fernández
    Department of Social Psychology and Methodology, Autonomous University of Madrid

    Insofar as the universities are free to propose new programmes within the regulatory framework of recognised university degree programmes, they are also responsible for monitoring the development of all programmes of study that are proposed. This is being carried out by the universities that make up the higher education system in Catalonia. Taking responsibility for the work of monitoring makes it possible for them to self-regulate control over the systems for the evaluation and assurance of the quality of university studies, thereby making the work of the quality assurance agencies, AQU Catalunya in the case at hand, one of an advisory and supporting nature.




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